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MarketWatch shares that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the most pre-ordered audiobook ever … and even better is it features Eddie’s fabulous voice as the narrator!

Mb>Only Harry Potter could turn an encyclopedia into an audiobook best seller

Just how magical is the grip Harry Potter has on Muggle wallets? Consider this: The audiobook edition of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was Audible’s most preordered title ever, the company told MarketWatch.

Mind you, this audiobook, which goes on sale Tuesday, is not even a reading of the screenplay of the hit 2016 movie, but rather the alphabetical encyclopedia of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti, on which the film is very loosely based. (It’s as if “Audubon’s Birds of America” suddenly became an audiobook best seller.)

“There are some really great tongue-twister words in here,” said narrator Eddie Redmayne, who reprised his film role as Newt Scamander for the audiobook. “Occasionally, I had to stop recording just because I was incapable of saying the words without either laughing or getting my tongue in a muddle.”

J.K. Rowling’s short, funny magizoology reference book cast an avada kedavra on Lee Child, whose 2016 “Night School” held the prior record for most preordered audiobook, Audible spokeswomen Esther Bochner said, though the Amazon AMZN, -0.03% subsidiary declined to share specific sales figures.

Since being released in November 2015 on Audible, more than 3 million Harry Potter audiobooks have been sold, Bochner said.

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The Harry Potter wizarding universe continues to expand to meet the insane demand that will likely extend the franchise across generations the way Disney DIS, -0.09% has managed with the Star Wars and Marvel franchises.

For Harry Potter audiobook fans, the most hoped-for new publication would be a recording of the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Currently an impossible-to-get ticket in London’s West End, the show is slated to head to Broadway in 2018. To date, Rowling and Audible have been mum on whether there would ever be an audiobook version of the play.

Time gives us a sneak peek at Eddie narrating the Fantastic Beasts Audiobook.

J.K. Rowling fans will soon be able to revisit the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—this time through narration from Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming audiobook.

In a clip shared with TIME, Redmayne, who played Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts, narrates a bit from the book about Golden Snidgets, a small bird that served as a precursor to the Golden Snitch in the game of Quidditch. Redmayne recites the history of the Snidget, and recounts how the bird was hunted nearly to extinction.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook will be available on March 14. You can preorder the title here. Listen to Redmayne’s narration in a clip on the Time website.

March 3, 2017   Ali   Co-Stars, Video Comments Off on Tom Hiddleston Totally Nailed His Role as Eddie Redmayne’s Elephant in a School Play

Love this story by Tom Hiddleston on a recent episode of the Graham Norton show.

Mr. Tom Hiddleston, you have come a very long way.

Long before becoming a Hollywood A-lister or earning the role of Loki in the Thor franchise, the actor was just a kid exploring the acting bug in school.

While appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Tom looked back at one of his first roles with a man many will also recognize. Anyone heard of Eddie Redmayne?

“He was a great talent even then,” Tom revealed this week. “He was a huge star and we were in a school production of A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.”

Eddie was playing the female lead as his character took an expedition to a cultural landmark by elephant. As for Tom’s role, it was a bit more different.

“I’m delighted to reveal that I played the front, right leg of the elephant that Eddie was riding on,” Tom shared while laughing. “We’re holding a table with a cushion on top of it and also tablecloths over our faces because our bodies are the elephant.”

Ultimately, both men who attended an all-boys school ended up with great success.
Eddie won an Oscar for his role in The Theory of Everything. He also starred in huge box office hits like Les Misérables and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

As for Tom, he’s found success on both the small and big screen thanks to his roles in The Night Manager, Crimson Peak and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island.

Dreams come true, kids!

February 13, 2017   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Video 1 Comment

Eddie participated in the Cagle Exercise …

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne reveals when he feels sexiest and much more during Jess Cagle’s burning questions in the Cagle Exercise.

January 28, 2017   Ali   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne has a message for fans at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando

Eddie shares a message for fans via the Pottermore site.

Watch a very special video message from Eddie Redmayne, which just aired at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando.

A specially recorded message from Eddie Redmayne to fans has just been screened at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando.

The Academy Award-winning actor, who plays Magizoologist Newt Scamander in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, couldn’t attend the event in person so he put together a special video message just for fans.

January 28, 2017   Ali   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne records new Fantastic Beasts audio book

Eddie Redmayne has lent his voice to the new audio book version of the Hogwarts Library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

January 8, 2017   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Eddie on the Golden Globe Red Carpet

Here are the first photos of Eddie on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards tonight.

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